Thursday, 24 February 2011

VCA, Set in Style-Nature: Orchid Brooch

This is a great brooch made by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1928. At the height of Art Deco, it must have been quite an unusual design at the time to choose an orchid which was one of the icons of the Art Nouveau period. The Art Deco features of this piece are the platinum set with different cut diamonds: brilliant, pave and baguette... Don't know if JAR knew about this piece but it is one that could have inspired him!.

The brooch is displayed in the Nature section at the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition and it belongs to the Van Cleef & Arpels collection.

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